Tourney-bound Bombers run into ‘Chaug

Westfield’s Lara Finnie (12) wind up as Minnechaug’s defense closes in Wednesday in Wilbraham. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WILBRAHAM – Playing the Minnechaug High School girls lacrosse team on any given day is a tough task. Facing them less than 24 hours after an emotional tournament-qualifying road victory is a challenge unlike nearly any other.
The Westfield Bombers fell to the Minnechaug Falcons 16-2 in their fifth game in nearly a week. It was also the fourth road game during that time, a span that also included three night contests.
“The weather hasn’t helped us (either),” Westfield boys lacrosse head coach Paul Fenwick said. “It catches up to you.”
“Minnechaug is a perennial powerhouse,” he added. “We had to play flawless ball. Obviously, that didn’t happen.”
Julia Mastrio (3 assists), Aleksei Mendrala (1 assist), and Lauren Barry scored three goals apiece to lead Minnechaug.
Westfield’s Lara Finne and Emma Metcalf each scored a goal. Kylie Buchan and Olivia Hadla assisted.
Liz Clark made six saves for the Bombers (9-6).
It was not all for naught though.
Said Fenwick: “It’s great to face that competition. It can only make us better.”

Adam stellar in Tigers’ victory
Westfield Technical Academy 7, Pioneer Valley Christian 2
Trent Adam delivered one of his best efforts of the season in a complete game on the mound for Westfield Tech. Adam scattered three hits, two runs and struck out nine batters. He walked none.
“He was dominant the whole way,” said Westfield Technical Academy baseball head coach Bob Eak said, who noted Adams’ ability to toss several first pitch strikes.
Josh Sturmer (1-for-4, 2 RBIs), Connor Medieros (1-3, 2 RBIs), Toby Barlow (2-3, 2 runs), and Darryl Reopel (2 runs) led the Tigers (10-4 overall, 4-1 Tri County League) on offense.

Saints complete late comeback
St. Mary’s 4, Lee 3
St. Mary’s scored three runs in the seventh inning to rally from a 3-1 deficit. The Saints received big hits from Mark Nelson and Aidan Burke in the inning as well as RBIs from Colin Freeman, Brady Collins and Jack Masciadrelli.
Jack Lamirande and Nick Montanaro each had hits for the Saints.
Masciadrelli pitched a complete game, striking out eight batters and yielding one earned run.

Bombers rally past Terriers in extras
Westfield 5, West Springfield 3 (9 inn.)

Westfield rallied from three runs down, scoring two runs in extra frames to complete the comeback. Bombers’ Baley Collier and Mason Collingwood each went 2-for-4 with a double, Brian Strange doubled and had two RBIs, starting pitcher Jimmy Hagan scattered nine hits over eight innings to go along with four Ks, and Spencer Cloutier tossed an inning of scoreless relief to pick up the victory.

Paiva, Hannigan fuel Gators’ win
Gateway 4, Sabis 1
Stephanie Paiva collected the game’s only two hits and scored two runs to lead Gateway. Gators pitcher Nicole Hannigan earned the victory.

Moriarty, Glenzel beat the Cards
Pope Francis 4, Westfield 1
Brigid Moriarty and Thea Glenzel defeated Pope Francis’s Mikayla Messier and Madalyn Ferreira at first doubles, 6-0, 6-3 for Westfield’s lone victory at home.

Olearcek paces Saints
Mount Everett 4, St. Mary’s 1

Erin Olearcek won for St. Mary’s, powering past Mount Everett’s Nadia Makuc 6-4, 6-2.

Lu, Kielbasa winners for STM
Mount Everett 3, St. Mary’s 2

Kevin Lu and Aaron Kielbasa won at first and third singles, respectively, for St. Mary’s

LATE RESULTS – Tues., May 14
Gateway 15, Duggan Academy 0
Gateway scored three runs in each of the first, second, and fourth innings before exploding for six more in the fifth of a mercy-shortened shutout.
Wyatt Heeter (4-for-4, double, 4 runs, 3 RBIs), Brett Bonenfant (2-2, double, 2 walks, 4 runs, RBI), Henry Nakaya (2-3, walk, run, RBI), and Ryan Orr (2-3, 4 RBIs, run) led the Gateway offense.
Orr also tossed a two-hitter, striking out nine batters and walking one.

Sabis 4, St. Mary’s 1
St. Mary’s Jessica Crosby won in straight sets against Sabis’s Emma Smith at first singles, 6-1, 6-2. Crosby lead the entire match, mixing blistering sideline shots with powerful overhead smashes to take the match.
Saints’ Caroline Leahy and Catherine Seklecki played a hard-fought long match against Katie Sharpe and Venus Nguyen.
Leahy and Seklecki traded game-for-game in the first set before falling 7-5. They then played a 12-point tiebreaker to determine the winner of the match.
The tiebreaker was as close as the first set with the teams trading point-for-point. The final points of the match were finally played at 8:20 p.m., with Sabis pulling ahead 12-10 for the win.

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